Parmesan Puffs

"A simple, super-quick-to-prepare recipe for an attractive and delicious appetiser, from the August/September 2005 issue of ‘Australian Vogue Entertaining + Travel’. The recipe recommends using good-quality store-bought puff pastry. For an attractive colour contrast, top half the puffs with the cayenne pepper or paprika as specified in the recipe; and the other half with one of these mixed with your favourite herb, finely chopped. Perhaps basil or thyme. You can have these fully prepared in advance, and bake just before they are required."
photo by Jonathan Melendez photo by Jonathan Melendez
photo by Jonathan Melendez
photo by Jonathan Melendez photo by Jonathan Melendez
photo by Jonathan Melendez photo by Jonathan Melendez
photo by Chef Ali Baba photo by Chef Ali Baba
photo by Chef Ali Baba photo by Chef Ali Baba
Ready In:
64 puffs




  • Preheat the oven to 220ºC.
  • Cut out rounds of pastry with a 5cm diameter pastry cutter, and place them on a baking tray lined with baking paper.
  • Brush the rounds with the egg wash.
  • Place 2 teaspoons of parmesan and a pinch of cayenne pepper or paprika on each round.
  • Bake for 10 minutes or until puffed and golden brown.

Questions & Replies

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  1. Cheryl K.
    Recipe states units are US, but we don't bake in centigrade or measure in grams here in the US. Could you please conver to US units as promised so I can try this one out?
  2. Gayle F.
    Do you separate the sheets or keep stacked together to cut rounds? Directions don't say. GF
  3. annagram54
    Can you use another type of cheese?


  1. Jen T
    These were so very quick & easy to make. I had some hot/warm as is and the rest I cut through with a sharp knife & filled with some garlic & herb cream cheese and served them cold. :)
  2. Noo8820
    Really tasty little morsels,that couldn't be easier.Perfect for munching with drinks,these little beauties will be made again,and again. A great example of how sometimes the best things are the simplest! Another triumph BlueMoon,thank you!!
  3. Kittencalrecipezazz
    Delicious! I made these for my DS to take to a meeting. I love recipes using puff pastry, I sprinkled half with a little cooked Italian sausage meat in the middle. So good, thanks BD for another great recipe!...Kitten
  4. teresas
    We really enjoyed these. We did think they were a bit on the dry side. I was creative on the toppings. I used the Parmesan cheese sprinkled on top of each of them and topped them with the following, cayenne pepper, paprika, chopped fresh dill, chopped fresh thyme, poppy seeds and sesame seeds. They do look great plated and are the perfect appetizer size. Thanks for posting.
  5. startnover
    Fast and yummy appetizer. I skipped the egg wash and thought they were still excellent.


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